Larry Lurex

The name was a pun on Gary Glitter. It is understood to be a try of how the new Trident studio works. And because of that musicians didn’t use the name Queen, just Larry Lurex instead. It was only one single, remake of Beach Boys’ “I Can Hear Music”, B-side to which was “Goin’Back” – a Dusty Springfield cover. Roger played drums and sang bvc’s along with Brian on guitar and Freddie on vocals. John didn’t take part here.
Produced by Robin Geoffrey Cable.

  • “I Can Hear Music”/ “Goin’ Back”, 7″ SP, (1973, 29 Jun) UK: EMI 2030
  • “I Can Hear Music”/ “Goin’ Back”, 7″ SP promo (‘Demo record not for resale’ on label), (1973, 29 Jun) UK: EMI 2030
  • “I Can Hear Music”/ “Goin’ Back”, 7″ SP (Label had a misspelling: “I Can Her Music”), (1973) DE: EMI Electrola 1C 006-94 677
  • “I Can Hear Music”/ “Going Back”, 7″ SP, (1973) US: Anthem AN-204
  • “I Can Hear Music”/ “Going Back”, 7″ SP promo (‘Promotion copy not for sale’ on label), (1973) US: Anthem AN-204

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Phillip Goodhand-Tait

Robin Geoffrey Cable invited Roger to play on Phillip Goodhand-Tait’s song(s). Roger and Robin worked at the Trident Studios at the time and Roger did percussion. He definately plays on “Reach Out for Each Other” but he might also feature on “Forever Kind of Love”. The song(s) later appeared on PGT’s self titled album, issued in 1973. “Reach Out for Each Other” was a B-side to non-album track single “Almost Killed a Man” and album single “Sugar Train”.

    Here’s the songlist:

  1. Five Flight Walk Up
  2. I Think I Can Believe
  3. One More Rodeo
  4. Teenage Canteen
  5. Forever Kind Of Love
  6. You Are
  7. Emile
  8. Reach Out For Each Other
  9. Sugar Train
  10. Warm Summer Rain

Vinyl Albums (LPs)

  • (1973) UK: DJM Records DJLPS 432
  • (1973) US: 20th Century Records T-424
  • (1973) JP: DJM IFP-80963

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CD Albums (CDs)

  • (2013) UK: BTM04 (Limited Edition Remaster, including bonus track “You Almost Killed a Man”)
  • (2012, 23 Feb) JP: Air Mail Archive AIRAC-1656 (reissue with cardboard sleeve)

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Vinyl Singles

  • “You Are” / “Five Flight Walk Up”, 7″ SP, (1973) UK: DJM Records DJS278
  • “You Are” / “Five Flight Walk Up”, 7″ SP (picture sleeve), (1974) FR: DJM/CBS DJM17624
  • “Almost Killed a Man” / “Reach Out for Each Other”, 7″ SP, (1974) UK: DJM Records DJS295
  • “Almost Killed a Man” / “Reach Out for Each Other”, 7″ SP (picture sleeve), (1974) NL: DJM 6102 328
  • “Almost Killed a Man” / “Almost Killed a Man” (mono), 7″ SP (promo), (1974) US: 20th Century TC-2100
  • “Warm Summer Rain” / “One More Rodeo”, 7″ SP (picture sleeve) , (1974) NL: DJM 6102 325
  • “Sugar Train” / “Forever Kind of Love”, 7″ SP, (1973) US: 20th Century 1209-2059
  • “Sugar Train” / “Forever Kind of Love”, 7″ SP (promo), (1973) US: 20th Century TC-2059
  • “Sugar Train” / “Reach Out for Each Other”, 7″ SP (picture sleeve), (1974) NL: DJM 6102 331
  • “I Think I Can Believe” / “One More Rodeo”, 7″ SP, (1974) UK: DJS 319
  • “I Think I Can Believe” / “One More Rodeo”, 7″ SP (picture sleeve), (1974) FR: DJM/CBS DJM17640

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Al Stewart

This was a 1973 album “Past, Present & Future”, where Roger Taylor played percussion. He is credited there, among lots of other musicians. It’s probable he plays on “Roads To Moscow”, and some other sources say also “Nostradamus”. It’s hard to tell as no-one of Queen archivists seem to remember and because percussion playing style is rather difficult to distinguish.
Produced by John Anthony

Tracklisting:

  1. Old Admirals 5:54
  2. Warren Harding 2:39
  3. Soho (Needless To Say) 3:55
  4. The Last Day Of June 1934 4:45
  5. Post World War Two Blues 4:17
  6. Roads To Moscow 8:00
  7. Terminal Eyes 3:22
  8. Nostradamus 9:46

Vinyl albums (LPs)

  • Past, Present & Future (1973) UK: CBS 65726 (gatefold)
  • Past, Present & Future (1973) UK: CBS 32026
  • Past, Present And Future (1973) US: Janus Records JLS-3063
  • Past, Present And Future (1974) US: Arista AL 9524
  • Past, Present And Future (1974) CA: Janus Records 9098-3063

CD albums (CDs)

  • Past, Present And Future (1992) US: Arista ARCD8359
  • Past, Present And Future (1992) US: Rhino Records R2 71045

Eugene Wallace

Roger Taylor met Eugene as they (Queen and Eugene) were ment to be the same package of musicians offered by Trident to EMI. Playing in the same studio Roger was asked to play the drums. The track on which Roger played is a track called “Dangerous” and it was issued on an album of the same title.
As irishrock.org site in an article about Wallace claims, Roger Taylor recorded his parts in 1972 during the sessions for the first Eugene Wallace album “Book Of Fool”, but the part didn’t make it onto the first album. Issued on LP in the UK on Trident/ EMC 3067 in May 1975. Personnel: Eugene Wallace – vc/ acoustic gtr; Chris Spedding – gtr; Hughie Burns – gtr; Phil Chen – bs (played later on Freddie solo); Brian Odgers – bs; Phil Collins – dr; Barry de Souza – dr; Mike Morgan – kbr (played later with Freddie). Produced by Robin Geoffrey Cable and Del Newman.
The LP was preceded by a promo only single on Trident own label.

Tracklisting:

  1. Reach Out And Touch Me
  2. Red Light Lady
  3. Kind Woman Kind
  4. Lies
  5. Lullaby
  6. The Killer
  7. Children
  8. Little Baby Mine
  9. Dangerous

Vinyl albums (LPs)

  • “Dangerous” (1975, May) UK: EMC 3067

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Vinyl singles (SPs)

  • “Kind Woman Kind”/ “Dangerous”, 7″ SP, (1975) UK: Trident SPSR 384 (‘Demo record not for sale’ on label)

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Fox

Roger sang bvc’s on one song, “Survival” which was released as a single in 1975 and came from an album called “Tails Of Illusion” (GTO 2321 106). Personnel was: Noosha Fox – vc; Herbie Armstrong – gtr, vc; Kenny Young – gtr, vc; Jim Gannon – gtr; Jim Frank – dr, Peter Solley – kbr, Gary Taylor – bs.
The album was reissued on CD in UK in 2004 on Cherry Red label (CDM RED 263).
Roger sang the words “higher, higher…” and “ahhhh, ahhhh…” – one can hear that specific high voice between other voices. This is a very peaceful song, with well heard vocals and all the instruments just as a background.< /br> Tracklist (LP):

  1. Yulu, Yuli
  2. Survival
  3. (4:27)

  4. Strange Ships
  5. For Whatever It’s Worth
  6. Minor Therapy
  7. Lily Sing
  8. Kupu Kupu
  9. Howdja
  10. Me Without You
  11. Little Brown Box

The CD issue has a tracklisting as follows:

  1. Yuli, Yuli
  2. Survival
  3. Strange Ships
  4. For Whatever It’s Worth
  5. Little Brown Box
  6. Minor Therapy
  7. Lily Sing
  8. Kupu, Kupu
  9. Howdja
  10. Me Without You
  11. Just One More Night
  12. 2 Rude 4 Words
  • “Survival”, GTO, 1975

Trax

Queen did some sessions with Trax in 1975, probably on various tracks. The tapes are said to be recorded-over after Queen split from Trident.

Ian Hunter

“You Nearly Did Me In” was a song in which Roger, Freddie and Brian did bvc’s. The album was called “All American Alien Boy” and was released Feb 1976 on Sony Music.
Tracklist:

  1. Letter To Brittania From The Union Jack
  2. All American Alien Boy
  3. Irene Wilde
  4. Restless Youth
  5. Rape
  6. You Nearly Did Me In
  7. Apathy 83
  8. God (Take 1)

Personnel includes: Ian Hunter – vc; Cornell Dupree; Gerry Weems – gtr; Dominic Cortese – accordion; David Sanborn – saxophone; Arnie Lawrence – trumpet; Dave Bargeron – trombone; Lew Soloff – trumpet; Chris Stainton – kbr, bs; Jaco Pastorius – bs, gtr), Aynsley Dunbar – drums; Don Alias – percussion; Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, Ann E. Suton, Erin Dickens, Gail Kantor, Bob Segarini – bvc’s.

  • “You Nearly Did Me In”, 7″, 1976

Hilary Hilary

“How Come You’re So Dumb” was a single where Roger did almost everything: he wrote it, played guitar, drums, bass, keyboards and produced it. He also co-wrote music and words to this song with Hilary Vance. The B-side was a song called “Rich Kid Blues”, which is credited to Reid. The B-side was also played by and produced by Roger. The single was released as 7″ back in 1980 on Mainly Modern Records. This song seems to sound a bit like from “Fun In Space”. It is sometimes considered to be Roger solo single but credited to Hilary Hilary as not being enough good. Roger knew Hilary before (she was related to Tommy Vance, British radio DJ) but he didn’t know she was a singer until an old friend told him: he then asked Hilary for a tape and he didn’t like the record but he really liked her voice so he decided to record a single. The recording sessions took place in Mountain Studios, Switzerland in June 1979.

Singles (SPs)

  • (1980) “How Come You’re So Dumb”/ “Rich Kid Blues”, UK: UA STP 2, UK charts: DNC

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